Main definitions of middy in English

: middy1middy2

middy1

noun

  • 1informal A midshipman.

    • ‘They left the two middies talking to one another, then entered the gundeck with the sound of snores reaching their ears.’
    • ‘‘I'd recommend your friend Sharin as she'll be working with the command staff and our new gunnery officer Amara,’ Laurel said evenly, ‘and an ensign or middy of your choice.’’
  • 2historical A woman's or child's loose blouse with a sailor collar.

    • ‘Ness looked up at the small robot as she straightened the red tie in front of her middy blouse.’
    • ‘The girls wore gray sweaters or maroon blazers over their white middy blouses.’
    • ‘An image of my middy blouse hanging alone on the clotheslines outside our kitchen window, buffeted by the wind, came to mind.’

Pronunciation:

middy

/ˈmɪdi/

Main definitions of middy in English

: middy1middy2

middy2

noun

Australian
informal
  • A beer glass containing half a pint (285 ml).

    • ‘I'd come in with a middy of light and he touched his glass to mine.’
    • ‘What we're talking about is a middy of beer, or a small glass of wine, or a single measure of spirits.’
    • ‘It's also illegal to charge more for bottled water than a middy of beer or a glass of wine.’

Origin

So named because it is considered to be a medium-sized measure.

Pronunciation:

middy

/ˈmɪdi/